Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 13:06
Technology can help people with disabilities get around cities - but it must provide reliable information tailored for varying needs   BARCELONA - Entrepreneur Josep Esteba became so frustrated trying to get around his native Spain in a wheelchair for more than 20 years that he embarked on a mission to map cities for disabled people all over the world. "Many years ago I travelled a lot for work,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:29
The connection-dependent models discussed in my first blockchain article published last week, enjoy what we might call an “atmosphere of bandwidth.” We might expect to see greatly different behavior on a planet where one can go from one building to another quite easily, compared to an airless rock where a person needs to put on a space suit to go outdoors – to put on an envelope of air, as... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 16:17
Closing date: Tuesday, 24 April 2018 Posting Title: INTERN - Mediterranean City to City Migration Project, I (Temporary Job Opening) Job Code Title: INTERN - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT Department/ Office: United Nations Human Settlements Programme Duty Station: NAIROBI Posting Period: 10 April 2018-24 April 2018 Job Opening number: 18-PGM-UNHABITAT-95888-J-NAIROBI (O) Staffing Exercise ID: N/A United... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 11:50
In a context of increasing globalization of trade, of rising international flows of goods and people, and the resulting global rise in air traffic, international airports have become strategic assets for the development and attractiveness of nations. The present report is the main outcome of the "Sustainable Airport Areas" Metropolis initiative, aiming to create a common ground of good practices... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 13:10
Urban areas are growing and their ecosystems are becoming increasingly important in ecological research and conservation management. These ecosystems are highly dynamic and in constant evolution. New species steadily invade cities and those that already occupy these ecosystems have to learn to live together with the new species. Therefore, the success of a species in an urban area is determined... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 12:35
Ask a dozen strangers on the street what they think the term “affordable housing” means, and you’ll likely get a dozen answers. Though the Department of Housing and Urban development defines “affordable” with a simple number — no more than 30% of total household income — the reality of what it means to be able to comfortably make the rent or the mortgage every month can be more complicated.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:58
While there is growing global interest in smart city applications, there are also significant challenges in scaling implementation and impact. Building on the success of its annual Energy Efficiency Indicator study, Johnson Controls recently conducted its first Smart City Indicator survey to track key drivers, organizational barriers, technology trends and the status of smart city initiatives... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 15:30
The Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) was launched in 1996 to respond to the challenge of realizing the rights of children in an increasingly urbanized and decentralized world. The initiative works by bringing together local stakeholders and UNICEF to create safe, inclusive and child-responsive cities and communities. The importance of cities and communities in policymaking that directly... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 12:44
With more than half of the world’s children living in cities, now more than ever is the time to call on local leaders and the stakeholders they work with to take action for children, especially the most vulnerable.   To this end, UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) has developed two new products: the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook  and new CFCI website.... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 09:19
Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots remain surprisingly dysfunctional, although they are steadily infiltrating urban... Read more